The Virginia Property Rights Coalition was established in 1999 as an alliance of concerned property owners and organizations brought together by the unfairness of Virginia's Eminent Domain Law and the belief that the law must be changed to assure property owners receive fair treatment and "just compensation" when their homes, businesses, and private lands are taken or damaged for a public project through the awesome power of eminent domain.
We recognize the importance of eminent domain and support its use by government to provide essential services and infrastructure but believe the true costs of these projects should be shared by all who will benefit and not subsidized by property owners whose land is condemned and taken, often for less than it is worth.
Addressing this issue for the United States Supreme Court's majority, Chief Justice William Rehnquist has written:
burdens, which in all fairness and justice, should be borne
by the public as a whole"
...a desire to improve the public way" of paying for what the government wants. If a government wants property for the public good, the public must pay for the property."
This web site was developed to serve as an information center for Virginia citizens and organization interested in property rights issues and in changing the current Eminent Domain Law. On this site, you will find legislative alerts/updates, a listing of the reforms passed, and reforms needed, a spotlight on legislator's, organizations and individuals who have made a difference in the reform of Virginia's eminent domain laws, and links to other sites and documents which may be of interest or help.
The Board of the Virginia Property Rights Coalition: